Highly confused with hair type, need tips please!

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First off, i don't even know what could classify my hair, if someone could please tell me. I first started letting my hair grow two summers ago starting in June 2012 but eventually cut it all off as i didn't know how to take care of it. I've been sporting this short of a style for a long time now and i want to attempt to grow my hair again as i have more knowledge, but i feel like my hair dries way too much . I don't shampoo everyday, i always condition and if i don't, i water my head down with cold water. I'm constantly going to the sink and running water with my fingers through my hair as i can't stand seeing my hair not maintaining moisture Really hope someone can help me out here.
I pulled down a strand so it can be seen how it is, this is shortly after i applied water to my hair.
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im not sure but your hair type looks to be a 3a/3b
What products are you using on your hair- what is your routine?
3C/4A, fine texture, low-medium density, and low porosity?
CG since November 2013.

Pre-Poo: Coconut Oil overnight, or a greek yogurt mixture
Shampoo: Curls Cleanser and/or clarifier
Conditioner: trying out different Suave Naturals conditioners and GVP's leave-in conditioner at the moment
Styler: iagirl's super smooth flax curl cream. <3
PT: iagirl's gelatin treatment 3-4 times a month
DT: conditioner or yogurt base with honey and oil if the conditioner has none.
Maybe try the LOC method, it really slowed down moisture loss for me.

My Dad used to wet his 3a curls down every time he used a bathroom, he actually thought curly hair was supposed to be wet all the time. I am not recommending that, just saying.
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3a BSL (usually styled to look 2 b/c).
Fine, dry, very dense (thinned and I like it). Kinks and fairy knots.
Allergies, fragrance issues.
Long term hair dyer - henna and chemical dyes.
LOC - Not CG

Currently liking Be Unique (UK made range), Au Naturel, and Curls Unleashed bits.
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Oh man, I LOVE your hair! What you probably need is a better CO, what are you using right now?
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What products are you using on your hair- what is your routine?
Originally Posted by lolo918
Oh man, I LOVE your hair! What you probably need is a better CO, what are you using right now?
Originally Posted by CGSince2002
Thanks! I rarely use any products, I sometimes i use L'oreal overworked hair putty, or Ouidad climate control as of recent. I conditioned with Tresemme but now I use Suave conditioner and i use Aussie deep conditioner. I shampoo like every week and half for anti-dandruff.
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Ok, thanks for the details. I think you'd benefit from adding a bit of oil to your CO, I'll recommend VCO (virgin coconut oil) as it has many benefits and can cure dandruff when massaged on the scalp and left on overnight to be washed the next day. Also, you could switch entirely to co-washing, you'd be surprised how most shampoos actually create the conditions for fungal dandruff to develop, and those OTC anti-dandruff shampoos are a joke, they only contain a minimal amount of the active ingredient to barely "control" it a little bit but never cure it so you have to keep buying it over and over again.

Other things that can cure stubborn cases of dandruff are vinegar rinses and washing with a solution of borax, the last one is the most effective. I've used both myself in different occasions and presently I've been completely flake free for months after having one small patch "sprout" on one of my temples during the winter. Even washing with baking soda, which is antifungal, can cure dandruff too, but it can be very drying due to its high pH, so counter-measures must be taken when using it, like following with an acid rinse and using a moisturizing CO on the hair.

If you're interested in knowing more about any of the above let me know so I can give you specific amounts to use.
Ok, thanks for the details. I think you'd benefit from adding a bit of oil to your CO, I'll recommend VCO (virgin coconut oil) as it has many benefits and can cure dandruff when massaged on the scalp and left on overnight to be washed the next day. Also, you could switch entirely to co-washing, you'd be surprised how most shampoos actually create the conditions for fungal dandruff to develop, and those OTC anti-dandruff shampoos are a joke, they only contain a minimal amount of the active ingredient to barely "control" it a little bit but never cure it so you have to keep buying it over and over again.

Other things that can cure stubborn cases of dandruff are vinegar rinses and washing with a solution of borax, the last one is the most effective. I've used both myself in different occasions and presently I've been completely flake free for months after having one small patch "sprout" on one of my temples during the winter. Even washing with baking soda, which is antifungal, can cure dandruff too, but it can be very drying due to its high pH, so counter-measures must be taken when using it, like following with an acid rinse and using a moisturizing CO on the hair.

If you're interested in knowing more about any of the above let me know so I can give you specific amounts to use.
Originally Posted by CGSince2002
So after a few weeks of switching to co washing, i found little results. I've also tried using oil based products and some frizz balms. However it just doesn't seem to be improving and i'm just baffled by how bad my hair is everyday. I wet my hair a bit and patted it down and it ended up as such in the first attachment. (Last haircut was July 17th). Despite cutting my hair every month, it will always comes back the same way.

Though my last haircut involved a new barber at the usual place i go to, he was pretty aggressive using a regular brush on my hair an so i have no idea if that could have effected it
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Last edited by HunicoGotThis; 08-14-2014 at 12:13 AM.
You could try using a leave in conditioner, or just leaving some rinse out conditioner in your hair, or try the LOC method, and if you live in a hard water area, rinse your hair in filtered or bottled water. A bristle brush will frizz my hair like nobody's business (unless I have dried my hair straight), but the harm is not permanent, it will be gone in one wash or rinse.
3a BSL (usually styled to look 2 b/c).
Fine, dry, very dense (thinned and I like it). Kinks and fairy knots.
Allergies, fragrance issues.
Long term hair dyer - henna and chemical dyes.
LOC - Not CG

Currently liking Be Unique (UK made range), Au Naturel, and Curls Unleashed bits.

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